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    a scale of bug

    That's what it means here. But it's interesting to note that in the IT world (may be in AmE more generally) `show-stopper' is often used with the opposite sense. I worked with software engineers who operated a scale of bug, ranging from the least important ("P5") to the most ("P1). The worst bugs, bad enough to prevent a product from shipping, were "P1-show-stopper". They stopped the show all right, but by being bad.



    from dictionary :
    bug = a mistake or problem in a computer program:

    but, what is `scale of bug'?

    Also, does the word `but' here mean `except'?

    and also, what is `all right' in this context?

    Please explain the bold highlighted ones.

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    Re: a scale of bug

    Hi Gary

    The word 'scale' basically indicates 'size' or 'extent' in the context. The word scale would be similar used this way:
    "On a scale of 1 to 5, how bad is the bug? Oh, it's very bad! It's a P1!"

    They stopped the show all right, but by being bad.
    Rewording:
    Those bugs did indeed "stop the show" -- not because they were very good, however. (Instead it was because they were so bad.)

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